All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

1

David Gilmore: Numerology: Live At Jazz Standard

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
Numbers and music are inextricably linked together. Numbers exist within every musical impulse and control the very nature of music through their connective ratios and relationships. This concept is explored to the fullest, without coming off as inaccessible "math music," on guitarist David Gilmore's Numerology: Live At Jazz Standard.

Gilmore—not to be confused with Pink Floyd's guitar-wielding David Gilmour—has made a name for himself as a Berklee-based educator and go-to sideman, appearing on recordings with saxophonist Wayne Shorter, clarinetist/saxophonist Don Byron, pianist Uri Caine and numerous others, but his own output has been meager. He only has two other dates under his own name— Ritualism (Kashka Music, 2001) and Unified Presence (Kindred Rhythm, 2006)—and, while both albums were well-received, they didn't get much attention; the third time may be the charm for Gilmore.

He put together a dream team band, bringing Unified Presence cast members like vocalist Claudia Acuna, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts back into the fold, and upping the ante with the addition of pianist Luis Perdomo, alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon and percussionist Mino Cinelu; the results are predictably powerful. Polyrhythmic pursuits, metric modulation, off-balance ideals, adrenaline-fueled solo flights and rhythmic crosscurrents are all part of the package. Acuna's haunting wordless vocals add volumes to the music, though they don't appear too often; Perdomo is the go-between, covering whatever is necessary; and McBride, Watts and Cinelu lay the groundwork and stir the pot. Gilmore and Zenón prove to be the stars, as they paint around one another and deliver some knockout solo work.

"The Numerology Suite," which was "initially made possible by Chamber Music America/Doris Duke—New Works: Creation And Presentation Program," was recorded live at New York's Jazz Standard, broken into two lengthy movements further subdivided into separate sections/sub-movements. While this information, and the circumstances surrounding the recording, may seem trivial, the fact that these long form pieces were recorded live on stage, where studio smoke-and-mirror techniques and extensive post-play editing isn't an option, makes this all the more impressive. The numbers seem to all add up to one hell of a recording!

Track Listing: First Movement: Zero To Three (Expansion); Four (Formation); Five (Change); Six (Balance); Second Movement: Seven (Rest); Eight (Manifestation); Nine (Dispersion).

Personnel: David Gilmore: guitar; Claudia Acuña: vocals; Miguel Zenón: alto saxophone; Luis Perdomo: piano; Christian McBride: bass; Jeff "Tain" Watts: drums; Mino Cinelu: percussion.

Title: Numerology: Live At Jazz Standard | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Evolutionary Music

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
Extended Analysis
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Energies of Change

Energies of Change

Evolutionary Music
2016

buy
Numerology: Live At Jazz Standard

Numerology: Live At...

Evolutionary Music
2012

buy
 

Orbiting

Fresh Sound New Talent
2012

buy
Ritualism

Ritualism

Kashka Music
2002

buy
Ritualism

Ritualism

Self Produced
2000

buy

Related Articles

Read Fearless And Kind CD/LP/Track Review
Fearless And Kind
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 14, 2018
Read 25th Anniversary Project CD/LP/Track Review
25th Anniversary Project
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 14, 2018
Read Any Day Now CD/LP/Track Review
Any Day Now
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 14, 2018
Read Adrift CD/LP/Track Review
Adrift
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 14, 2018
Read Folkjazz from Finland CD/LP/Track Review
Folkjazz from Finland
by Anthony Shaw
Published: November 14, 2018
Read Circulate Susanna CD/LP/Track Review
Circulate Susanna
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 13, 2018
Read "Flow" CD/LP/Track Review Flow
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: November 20, 2017
Read "Starting Today" CD/LP/Track Review Starting Today
by Chris May
Published: April 5, 2018
Read "God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be" CD/LP/Track Review God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be
by Chris May
Published: April 12, 2018
Read "Polka (Worldwide Deluxe Edition)" CD/LP/Track Review Polka (Worldwide Deluxe Edition)
by Chris May
Published: August 8, 2018
Read "YUL" CD/LP/Track Review YUL
by Geno Thackara
Published: October 8, 2018
Read "Strata" CD/LP/Track Review Strata
by Karl Ackermann
Published: September 5, 2018